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What is the GCF of 48 and 12?

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Solution: The GCF of 48 and 12 is 12 Methods How to find the GCF of 48 and 12 using Prime Factorization One way to find the GCF of 48 and 12 is to compare the prime factorization of each number. To find the prime factorization, you can follow the instructions for each number here: What are the Factors of 48? What are the Factors of 12? Here is the prime factorization of 48: 2 4 × 3 1 2^4 × 3^1 2 4 × 3 1 And this is the prime factorization of 12: 2 2 × 3 1 2^2 × 3^1 2 2 × 3 1 When you compare the prime factorization of these two numbers, you can see that there are matching prime factors. You can now find the Greatest Common Factor of 48 and 12 by multiplying all the matching prime factors to get a GCF of 48 and 12 as 36: Thus, the GCF of 48 and 12 is: 36 How to Find the GCF of 48 and 12 by Listing All Common Factors The first step to this method of finding the Greatest Common Factor of 48 and 12 is to find and list all the factors of each number. Again, you can see how this is done by looking at the “Factors of” articles that are linked to above. Let’s take a look at the factors for each of these numbers, 48 and 12: Factors of 48: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 24, 48 Factors of 12: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12 When you compare the two lists of factors, you can see that the common factor(s) are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 12. Since 12 is the largest of these common factors, the GCF of 48 and 12 would be 12. Find the GCF of Other Number Pairs Want more practice? Try some of these other GCF problems: What is the GCF of 63 and 75? What is the GCF of 94 and 117? What is the GCF of 113 and 76? What is the GCF of 150 and 70? What is the GCF of 57 and 52?